Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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The Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

One Sentence Plot Summary: Rian Johnson made a billion dollar Star Wars movie, but a certain portion of the fandom complained so much that JJ Abrams tried to wipe it all away in a movie that made less than this one (and in that same Oscar cycle, Johnson got nominated for an Academy Award). Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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The Movie: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

One Sentence Plot Summary:  A bad-ass feminist kills a fat capitalist with his own chains, and the rebels are able to successfully overcome the fascists only after accepting a non-normative native culture and using non-violent tactics. Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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The Movie: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

One Sentence Plot Summary: The fascists use their militaristic tools to get back at the rebels, and members of a prominent religious institution refusing to be honest with Luke Skywalker puts the whole galaxy in danger. Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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The Movie: Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

One Sentence Plot Summary: A group of rebels battle fascists and are only victorious when all of the main characters realize they must give of themselves to defeat an empire. Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Podcast Review

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Christmas Specials aren’t the only annual Reel World tradition; we also cover Star Wars movies, and boy howdy do we have one to discuss here…

We re-litigate The Last Jedi, discuss where we were at after The Force Awakens, speculate on the future of the franchise and weigh in on some things that we actually liked about this movie we mostly hated. Enjoy! Continue reading Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Podcast Review

These Are the Only 4 Good Things About The [extremely bad] Rise of Skywalker

There have been a lot of posts and articles out there about the film that represents the end of the Skywalker Saga. And here’s the thing: they are all true! And then some!!

It is such a fucking shitty movie. You will laugh a lot at how shitty it is though, and laughter is good. Civilization will end in the next 50-60 years due to climate devastation. We need to be able to laugh! And this film will make you laugh.

So, you should assume that whenever this movie is playing, something bad is happening. That being said, there are a handful of moments in it that are in fact Actually Good. I will eventually splice them together and call it “The Actually Good Cut.” It will be about two minutes long.

SPOILERS ARE AHEAD BUT REALLY WHO CARES IT IS THAT BAD Continue reading These Are the Only 4 Good Things About The [extremely bad] Rise of Skywalker

5 Questions After Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story

WARNING: Here be spoilers. Your first and only warning.

Once The Last Jedi came and went, audiences officially began the journey from the “comfort” of the Skywalker Saga to the great unknown with the future of Star Wars. There is only one more film to go in the (foolishly presumed) final Skywalker trilogy, and soon enough there will be more Star Wars films that cover every little corner of the galaxy that is far, far away. As such, Solo provides some additional insight into the thought process guiding this venture. But also, it leaves many unanswered questions which I, an expert – obviously, will attempt to answer.

1. What were they thinking? Continue reading 5 Questions After Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story

11 issues with The Last Jedi after two viewings

 

When I left the theater for The Force Awakens two years ago, I could not help but feel conflicted. I enjoyed a lot of what happened in the film, but it was disheartening to see *just* how much the filmed leaned on nostalgia and referencing the original films.

Cut to a week ago and me departing the theater after seeing The Last Jedi. On one hand, I was comforted to see how the film purposefully tried to distance itself from nostalgia. That was not my primary reaction though.

Instead, I was just in a daze about the actual execution of the film. There was such a lack of quality control in regards to the script and plotting. It really soured my experience of the film and took me completely out of it by the end. I kind of never wanted to watch the film again and lost all of my enthusiasm for the future of the Skywalker saga.

Having previously purchased tickets for a second viewing already, I went in determined to understand the source of my frustration. While I did enjoy the film more the second time around (being prepared for the problems this time), there are still fundamental issues with the film’s execution that undermine much of what the film attempted to do.

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